Image of the Fendahl

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Story Code: 4X / Season 15 UK Airdate: 29 Oct to 19 Nov 1977 Doctor: Tom Baker
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This story aired in the following known countries. They are listed in chronological order according to known airdate. If no month is noted, the actual airdate is not confirmed, and is a close approximate. (Refer also to Selling Doctor Who for expanded airdates.)

United Arab Emirates Sep 78? PAL
United States* Dec 78 NTSC
Australia Mar 79 PAL
Rhodesia Mar 79 PAL
Chile c May 79 NTSC
New Zealand Feb 80 PAL
Costa Rica Feb 80 NTSC
Mexico Apr 80? (*) NTSC
Nicaragua Aug 80 NTSC
Gibraltar Aug 80? PAL
Puerto Rico Sep 80? NTSC
Brazil 80? PAL
Brunei 80? PAL
Ecuador Nov 80? (*) NTSC
Swaziland? 81? PAL
Venezuela 82? NTSC
Honduras ? NTSC
  • (*) The US date is based on the airdates for WTEV, which was the first US station to screen the initial package of 98 Tom Baker episodes.
  • This story was dubbed into Spanish (for Latin America).
  • It's possible the serial did not play in Mexico and Ecuador; was the theme of "aliens manipulating human evolution" the reason?


  • The story was reissued in the mid-1980s, during the THIRD WAVE of sales.
Saudi Arabia early 86? NTSC
Armed Forces Network Jul 86 NTSC
Canada Nov 90 NTSC

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: Image of the Fendahl

  • Part 1: An eight-million-year old skull is the subject of scientific experiments.
  • Part 2: Witchcraft and strange creatures add to the mystery at the priory.
  • Part 3: The Fendahl gains power by absorbing the life force of humans.
  • Part 4: The Doctor employs ancient powers to overcome the Fendahl.
  • Compilation: An eight-million-year old skull is the subject of scientific experiments.